Ayurvedic medicine has evolved, migrated throughout the World and adapted over the last 5,000 years and is now being practiced in present day Western society. Ayurveda’s fundamental philosophy has the principals of Yoga (union) as its basis: integration and balance of body, mind and spirit. Health-wise Ayurveda’s primary focuses include diet, daily routine, herbal supplements and treatment as a way to achieve overall unity and purity.
Ayurveda treats individuals based on their dosha (constitutional landscape). Every persons’ dosha is comprised of the three dosha types.(V) Vata: air and ether;(P) Pitta: fire and water;(K) Kapha: water and earth. Your unique combination of these three dosha types will determine the course of your individual treatment path.
Within the realm of Ayurvedic treatments there is a reoccurring theme where medicated oil is introduced to the body through various channels for the purposes of rejuvenation and revitalization, balancing V/P/K and treating specific dis-ease.
Ayurvedic treatments at NW Healing Tree include:
- Ayurvedic Wellness Consultation: by determining your individual dosha type, your health needs can best be met. You’ll receive info on foods to enjoy and foods to avoid, helpful hints in your everyday life that can make a world of difference in your overall well-being, strength and energy level.
- Abhyanga: oil massage with herbal oils. Specific herbs are infused into organic oils to balance dosha types and restore proper moisture to skin. Abhyanga differs from traditional swedish massage as its focus is primarily to allow the oil itself to absorb into the skin and expedite healing. Traditionally there is no ‘deep tissue’ massage work done in these sessions.
- Shirodhara: herbal oil drip on the forehead. Medicated oil slowly drips from a copper pot onto the forehead relaxing the nervous system and opening the Ajna (6th) Chakra.
- Nasya: is used for sinus conditions, allergies, endocrine balance and thyroid disorders. Nasya includes a facial massage, steam and introduction of medicated oil in the nostrils finished with a prepared water gargle.
- Basti: Application of oil. Can be done internally (enema) and externally (inside a dam made of dough)
- Panchakarma: is a combination of all of the above treatments with the inclusion of daily steaming for body detoxification and can be done in 3, 5 or 7 day segments. Panchakarma is a mind, body and spirit cleanse with the intended purpose of healing and spiritual transformation.